Jim Connolly


Jim Connolly is the owner of Planet Turf.  He has a degree in Agronomy from Washington State University and continued studies in Environmental Science from the University of Connecticut and graduate classes in Crop Science from Washington State University.  He is a former agronomist for the United States Golf Association Green Section where he made over 600 golf course consulting visits.  He is a Certified Professional Agronomist and has 36 years’ experience in the turf grass management field.

Jared Whitaker

President, Director of Sales & Technical Support

Jared received his degree in Agronomy, with a major in Turfgrass Science from Washington State University.  He has worked at renowned golf courses throughout the US and gained valuable hands-on experience.  Jared has worked at Riviera Golf Club, Atlantic City Golf Club, Spokane Country Club, Sonoma Golf Club and most recently at Huntsman Springs Golf Club in Driggs, Idaho.

Makenna Oliver

Order Processing and AR Specialist

Makenna was raised in Hartline WA Makenna where she attended Coulee-Hartline Highschool, and was a four-year starter in softball, where  centerfield her home. Makenna has strong work ethic and Planet Turf is fortnuate to have her with our team. 

Jordan Anderson

Regional Sales Representative, INW Golf & Landscape Services

Jordan services customers in a variety of industries from landscape turf management, to parks, schools, and golf courses.  He loves working with customers to solve problems and offer economical and effective solutions for all things related to turfgrass and landscape management. Jordan has an Associate’s Degree in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Service and Repair from Spokane Community College, and lives in Spokane with his wife and two children.

Aaron Stamper

Regional Sales Representative, Western Washington, Oregon, and Central Oregon

Aaron graduated from Walla Walla Community College with a degree in Turf Management. He has over 20 years’ experience in the turfgrass industry and worked at prestigious golf courses such as Riviera Country Club, Sonoma Golf Club, and Spokane Country Club. Most recently Aaron was golf course superintendent at Skamania Lodge Golf Course in Stevenson, WA.

Shane Hughes

Regional Sales Representative, Southeastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, and Southern Idaho

Shane completed degrees from Washington State University and Walla Walla Community College. Both fields of study were in Turfgrass Management. He has 15 years of golf course experience, from native soil to established turf. Notable properties Shane worked on include The Club at Black Rock, Palouse Ridge Golf Club and Meadow Springs Country Club. He supports numerous industry associations, currently holds Board positions on the Inland Empire GCSA and the Northwest Turfgrass Association and was a 2022 GCSAA Melrose Leadership Academy recipient. 

Amy Connolly

Vice President, Administration

Amy Connolly cofounded James Connolly Consulting, LTD with her husband Jim Connolly in 1999.  As the business of consulting branched into sales and marketing with Planet Turf she took on the role of Office Administrator and Accounts Manager.  Amy continues to serve as Vice President and Senior Advisor for Planet Turf and James Connolly Consulting.

Jeff Curry

Warehouse and Office Assistant

Jeff resides in Spokane, WA with his wife and 3 children.  He graduated from Anderson University, Anderson, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.  Jeff reflects PlanetTurf’s values of family, commitment to exceptional service, and professional work ethics that make us proud to have him as a member of the Planet Turf team.  His previous experience includes Field representative for an aborist company, shipping and logistics, and grounds maintenance.